Coronavirus update: In light of the current circumstances please note that the planning department is "open as normal". Please see full update below and our FAQs page.

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Planning News:

Coronavirus update: 24/06/2020


The department is open for business and all delegated applications are being validated, assessed and determined as normal, wherever possible. Timescales on applications are therefore unaffected unless an extension of time has been agreed between parties or an application has been called into a Planning Committee (see below for further information).

The Council would politely request that all future planning applications are submitted online either via the Planning Portal or emailed to

Further, all comments in relation to live planning applications must be submitted via Planning Online or by email to the above address. Should you have any questions please speak to the relevant Case Officer.

No site visits are currently being undertaken so Case Officers will be contacting all applicants to provide photographs and/or videos where required and erect site notices on our behalf. This will be communicated to all new applicants.

All Planning Committees are being held virtually via the Council's video conference platform as well as being streamed online. To keep up to date when the Planning Committee's are taking place please click here.

In respect of the department's Duty Planning Service, this will now ONLY operate by phone between the hours of 10am-1pm Monday, Wednesday and Thursday.

The Council building is now closed so Officers will be on hand to take phone calls and may ask that you submit information to them electronically.

Please keep an eye on this page for further updates.

New fee introduced for 'larger home extensions':

From Monday 19th August 2019 a fee of £96 has been introduced for the prior approval application required for larger home extensions under Schedule 2, Part 1, Class A of the General Permitted Development Order 2015 (as amended). For more information on the fee change please click here.

Affordable Housing requirement upheld at appeal:

The Council have recently been successful at appeal in defending the application of Policy CP4 (Affordable Housing) of the Core Strategy. Additionally, another recent appeal also supported the Council's view that all schemes involving a net gain should be required (subject to viability) to contribute towards affordable housing. 

For more information on the above and to read the recent appeal decisions please click here.

For all the latest planning news at national level please view the following websites:

Planning Portal
UK Housing and Planning
Royal Town Planning Institute  

For all the latest planning news including previous updates concerning changes at District level please view Planning News.

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